Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Wake Up!

Revelation 3:1-6 NLT

[1] “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead.

[2] Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God.

[3] Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.

[4] “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy.

[5] All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.

[6] “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

Reflection . . .

Jesus warns the church in Sardis through John’s writing that they appear to be alive but really they are dead, many of them had not been living a life worthy of being called followers of Jesus.

The admonishment is this: Repent and turn to the Lord again!

Historically, one of the goals of the Lenten season is to focus on repentance and turning or making a habit of continual turning to the Lord. When we make it a habit, we live a lifestyle of repentance. What doest the Lord require of us?

. . . the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 NLT

To walk humbly with God involves a life of submitting ourselves to Him – living before in a broken and contrite manner. That’s what it means to walk “worthy”!

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